A short while ago, big news was made internationally when an electronic cigarette device exploding while in use. Even though all the facts were not initially laid out, and investigation had to be done, the incident left a lingering fear that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous. However, this does not account for the millions of users who have had great success using e-cigs, with no explosive side effects. Here is a look at the situation in which the electronic smoking device exploded, and why this is a really unlikely turn of events for the vast majority of users. If e-smokes have got you wondering “…but aren’t they safe?” the answer is yes, they most certainly are, but as is the case with any electrical device, proper usage and attention to to warnings as well as the owner’s manual are paramount to optimal use, and most of all, safety.
When Tom Holloway of Niceville, Fl experienced his e-cigarette explode, in the process knocking out teeth, damaging his tongue, and causing severe burns, it was definitely not what he expected with tobacco’s “safer alternative.” And while it may seem easy to write off the product as faulty, it cannot be avoided that he was literally playing with fire, and unfortunately suffered the consequences. We are, however, immensely relieved and happy that he did not suffer any life threatening conditions as a result, and made it out alive.
The type of e-cig products he was using were not the standard, ready-made battery-and-cartridge styles, and entirely different in every way than the design structure of Optima Cigs’ products. He was using what is known as a “mod” and these products are basically sold in parts on the internet, with very little quality control, and then assembled by the consumer. Unfortunately Mr. Holloway chose to use a store-bought battery, larger and more powerful than the types sold with the pieces he initially purchased, and sadly suffered the horrendous consequences.
This wasn’t the first case of a modified e-cigarette product exploding either, and astoundingly more and more consumers need to be aware of the dangers of altering these devices. Reputable, responsible companies such as Optima Cigs take every precaution possible to ensure customer safety, and that products are used accordingly to manufacturer instructions. Optima’s batteries and e-cig accessories are of the highest standards, and are designed for supreme usage and safety. Quality is a very big deal in this industry, and with millions and millions of products sold, if used correctly electronic cigarettes, including our own, are ultimately very safe.